Spring Shower

Last Friday night called for showers in Dallas, but the most beautiful one happened on Saturday in honor of a wonderful and dear friend, Caroline. The setting was my favorite restaurant, Le Bilboquet, a restaurant I have frequented with her many a time. The side terrace with a boxwood wall and bistro chairs make for the ideal backdrop for any event. Beautiful flower arrangements in some of my favorite blue and white pots framed the tables. Gorgeous blue and white monogrammed napkins were my gift to the bride, and they tie in perfectly to go with the bride’s future china pattern.

Favors included votive size candles that were placed next to place cards created by my self-taught and incredibly talented friend, Margaret Moore. Her writing is incredible!! Overall, it was the ideal setting for a shower full of Rosé, french fries, good friends, and lots of laughter (and even a few tears)!

Enjoy these pictures of the festive and fun bridal shower!

Venue: Le Bilboquet

Napkins: Preppy Paper Girl

Place Cards: Moore Ink. 

Flowers: Cebolla

Favors: Diptique Candles

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Le Bilboquet provided the perfect backdrop for an even more perfect luncheon.

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Gorgeous monogrammed napkins by Laurie Byrne of Preppy Paper Girl @lboriginals.

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Cebolla Fine Flowers did the outstanding arrangements in my own blue and white vases.

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My very close friend Margaret Moore did the place card calligraphy. She is self taught and VERY talented!

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This beautiful cake was completed by Frosted Art Bakery. The fresh flowers made for the perfect spring touch. Also- the cake was SO yummy!

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Votive Diptique candles made for really sweet, simple,  and useful favors.

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I love how we split up the blue and white vases high and low. The more arrangements you have, the more you get a lush garden ambience- which was what I was going for!

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The gift table.

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Dixon Rye

I love Atlanta. People often say it is like Dallas with more trees. They also have such a pulse on design. I mean think of all the greats there- Suzanne Kasler is based there, Phoebe Howard has a store there, plus Danielle Rollins is quite the tastemaking guru, Parker Kennedy Living resides there, and my favorite monogram queen, Laurie Byrne is there as well. It is also home to the always chic design of Bradley Odom.

Bradley recently opened a new home store in the area called Dixon Rye. He has such an eye for collected, chicly effortless, and dimensional design. There is something so refreshing about his style. It is like a breath of fresh air with a hint of something woodsy. Maybe it is just his ability to combine texture with a clean palette and classic lines. Whatever it is, it surely makes Dixon Rye a place I am desperately ready to frequent.

I had the opportunity to send him a few questions about Dixon Rye. Feast yourself on the beautiful images of his store and his wonderful vision for making Dixon Rye a design destination.

For design work of Bradley Odom, founder and curator of Dixon Rye, please click here.

Photos courtesy of Domino Media Group

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How would you describe your personal design aesthetic?

Dark and moody—masculine colors with over the top texture. At Dixon Rye we talk a lot about identifying the hero of a room and letting it be a hero. For me personally, the hero is usually something leather or a cool architectural find.

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What hopes do you have for Dixon Rye?

I always say that first and foremost we are a creative brand. We are a retail shop and we offer design services but a creative process informs every decision we make. It’s an atmosphere where lasting relationships are formed, consumers are educated about where things are made. It is always a question of how products are made, who made them and why that matters. We pay special attention to all details from the music we play, the packaging, and of course, the friendly experts you engage with. We’ll continue to grow our DR Collection and our online presence.

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Shot of an interior project designed by Bradley Odom.

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What are your design pet peeves?

Not considering scale and volume of a space or an individual piece, especially lamps! We like to ensure that lamps are the appropriate size in relationship to the table and room. Sounds simple but it’s something I notice and it stands out like a sore thumb to me.

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Best advice you ever received about design/decor?

One of my former professors once said, “A good idea is just that, a good idea, until you actually spend time working out the details and ensuring it actually works.”

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Who inspires you?

I love the work of Billy Baldwin. He was one of the greats that never missed an opportunity to add an interesting detail to an otherwise basic piece of furniture—and we’re both Sagittarius. Recently, I’ve been inspired by Meyer-Davis. Their ability to mix materials is awe-inspiring.

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What is on your nightstand?

Books! Sounds so expected, but I love being surrounded by inspiration. I also have a favorite piece of art that my Mom gifted me which leans on the wall off of my nightstand, and I’d be lying if I didn’t say my iPhone.

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SOUTHERN CHIC REALNESS!

Table Time

I really can’t believe it is almost Thanksgiving! While I will be mourning the loss of the company of my grandmother and her traditional recipes, I am also ready to create my own tablescape this year at home in Florida with my parents. I am on an anti-orange theme this Fall. I am all about the white and green for pumpkins. Of course, I always love to throw in some blue and white too.

My problem this year, was that my mom doesn’t have any blue & white china (shocking, I know). I want a crisp table, lots of candlelight, small white and green pumpkins running down the center, and a strong but soft green linen placemat with blue and white china. Unfortunately, my mom’s 90’s English yellow dining room won’t be the perfect backdrop, but I will let it slide…. :)

What ideas have you all come up with for your perfect turkey table? Here is some inspiration and all together pretty palettes that have been inspiring me for Thanksgiving.

P.S. My friend Blair from the Perennial Style made an excellent turkey for “Friendsgiving” using this technique.

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My all over color palette. I actually purchased 4 place settings of this exact pattern on amazon for $100. Really hoping the quality is okay. The sterling is from my family collection. Also, I ordered Moss Green Sferra festival placemats to go on a white Sferra linen tablecloth.  Votives scattered throughout the table will also bring a nice ambience.

 

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I love the more casual feel of this place setting with the Fench striped napkins. The rosemary on the name cards are a very nice touch.  via Eleven Gables

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The same concept of colors is seen here in this tablescape. Via Stone Gable Blog

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Soft palette Thanksgiving via Elle Decor

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A great coastal setting with white pumpkins via Sand and Sisal

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Very soft, wonderfully moody, and rustic.   Via Pinterest

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White and gold Thanksgiving Tablescape via Elle Decor. (our new national colors…kidding..ish).  :)

 

Go Fourth!

I hope all of you had a safe and happy Fourth of July!
I am heading to California for a visit this week, but I will be back next week. If you have L.A. recommendations…. I am all ears!

 

Yours in good taste-

Christina

 

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My Fourth of July tablescape in Florida.

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plates: Furbish Studio

flatware: Neiman Marcus

Tablecloth: Williams Sonoma (no longer available online)

 

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Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Chic

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There is nothing more American than the joy of gathering together with family and friends to celebrate our nation’s independence day. There is a great sense of joy and pride when you watch fireworks, light sparklers, or simply gather together for a festive meal. Chances are many of you will sit down with an ‘all American” meal of BBQ, burgers, and hotdogs. I just have one request, do it in style. Let’s lose the plastic plates and paper tablecloth. After all, there is nothing more thrilling than having a burger on a fine piece of china. I promise, it will put a smile to your face.

I recently went on the search for my ideal Fourth of July tablescape and I was able to find everything I needed at NorthPark Center in Dallas. From sleek backyard chairs at Design Within Reach to beautiful china at Neiman Marcus to versatile bowls at Pirch, I found everything relevant to create a tablescape that will be effortless, memorable, and festively fun.

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An eclectic mix of timeless designs and current trends- all found at NorthPark Center.

 

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I love the navy buffalo check table runner from Williams Sonoma. Would look fabulous with any table setting, classic or contemporary. The navy napkins leave a solid contrast to the check pattern.

 

  Juliska plates from Neiman Marcus Northpark         Glassware from Anthropologie Northpark

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I think there is nothing more fabulous than serving a fresh burger on beautiful Juliska delft plates.

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The glassware from Anthropologie is the perfect play on the all American navy hues.

Galvanized Tray from Nordstrom NorthparkPicnic Basket from Pirch Northpark

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This galvanized tray makes serving drinks a breeze. Lightweight, yet strong on style.

Pirch

If you are traveling to a park to watch fireworks, Pirch has the ideal picnic basket to pack your wine, dips, and sparklers.

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This Atleir flatware is very versatile and provides the perfect pop of texture to any place setting.

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How fun are these watermelon candles?!  An ideal summer addition to the kids’ table (and the adult table too)!

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The Kayu Teak Dining Table is solidly made for any celebration.
I am in love with the Tolix Marais Chairs for any backyard setting. It is the ultimate chair of low key chic.